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Eye to Eye
Michelle Pulfrey | Photo: Tim Melideo | May 29, 2013
Glamour girls Emily Fields and Carly Martinez open our eyes to the season’s latest trends for prettying up our peepers.
The year was 2004, and Emily Fields was sitting in a Buena Park salon, watching a Korean woman painstakingly apply single lashes on a model. It was an art that few in O.C. had mastered, and Fields wanted to be among the first. Now, she and business partner Carly Martinez are the go-to gals for single eyelash extensions, creating looks that range from soft and natural to glamorous and artistic. So when we wanted to get the scoop on the lash look du jour, we paid a visit to their CdM salon, The Lash Lounge, inside Ann Michaels (338 Poinsettia, thelashloungespa.com).
“I’m loving layering lots of thin mink lashes and creating a lighter set, even adding a little half set to bottom lashes,” says Fields. Yes, bottom lashes. The application is tedious, but worth it, says Fields. When done correctly, they’ll last for about two weeks. “I wear [a special ring] on my left index finger as I work. [It’s] covered in tiny lashes and sensitive glue. Bottom lashes are my secret ammo!”
Second in popularity: the lash perm. “Some women already possess long lashes, but they can be stick straight,” says Fields. A paperlike rod is used to apply a curling solution to the lashes. “After about 10 minutes, lashes are lifted and curled more naturally than any eyelash curler can do,” she says.
Fields and Martinez also specialize in lash and brow tinting, and brow shaping. “We don’t hesitate to suggest when it may be time to do... facial waxing in areas you may have never thought possible,” says Fields. “Nose waxing—that’s our guilty pleasure!”
But lash extensions are still the core business, and it took a lot of practice—and a few sticky situations with glues, lash firms and clients—to perfect the technique. Then word spread. “I remember hearing myself being referred to as ‘Emily, that girl doing eyelashes,’” says Fields.
She later teamed up with Martinez, a trained esthetician and makeup artist. They opened The Lash Lounge in 2010 and began creating customized looks based on each client’s facial features and lifestyle. “We ask questions relating to exercise, makeup routines,” Martinez says. “I look at a client’s face, spend time watching mannerisms—the way their brows raise, their laugh—and determine the correct lash extension length, curl and thickness, so that it will almost undetectably make a difference. ... We aim to create custom lash extensions that can work as an optical illusion for your current lifestyle.”